Liebster Award Nomination

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The Liebster awards are an interesting idea. There is no prize, there is no official body, and there are no commercial interests behind the scenes. How they started, nobody knows.

What they are is a way for new bloggers to discover other new blogs and get to know everyone else out there in the community. I think it’s a great idea. Since I’ve started blogging properly, I’ve been amazed at how the whole travel blogger community works. Although I’ve come across exceptions to this, generally speaking it’s just a bunch of like-minded people sharing their experiences and giving each other advice. Much more useful and informative than any travel guide book could ever be!

When you are nominated you are meant to:
1. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to pass on the fun (these should be new blogs with less than 200 followers, however I’ve selected ones I follow with less than 1,000 followers simply because I don’t have 11 with less than 200 followers to nominate yet).
4. Write 11 questions for those bloggers to answer.

My blog was nominated by Diana at Diana Meets The Locals, a Canadian traveller who has a style of travel that I love – namely seeing the cities she visits through the eyes of the locals.  Thanks for the nomination Diana.  It’s always encouraging to know that there are people out there who are actually reading this thing I’m dedicating so much time to and enjoying it 🙂

Now without further ado…

Random Facts About Myself

  1. I’m a sucker for punishment. 8 years at university studying Law and Commerce, and I decided to take my legal training further and qualify as a lawyer this year, even though I have no interest working in the law.
  2. My favorite city in the world is fluid, and can be Hong Kong, London or New York depending on the day.
  3. I felt more at home living in London then I ever did living in my hometown of Perth.
  4. I partially broke away from the daily grind and moved towards a life of travel, but was pulled back by circumstances. Currently I’m in the process of working towards the perfect balance of life/travel integration.
  5. I get bored and distracted very easily. I need to be constantly challenged in order to be focused. In fact, I’m supposed to be writing an essay right now.
  6. I’m getting married in May this year.
  7. I’m a chocoholic.
  8. I’m a perfectionist.
  9. I like avocado in cheeseburgers.
  10. I seem to have amassed quite a collection of cookbooks, more than one person should ever need or want.
  11. Despite being Australian, I don’t like hot weather and am “meh” when it comes to the beach.  Don’t get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate the beauty of a great beach and the freshness of the air, but I’m not obsessed by it.

Questions from Diana

  1. What’s your earliest travel memory?  My earliest travel memory is when I was quite young, still in primary school, and my parents, myself and my brother (I only had one sibling back in those days – the other two were yet to come along), would drive 2 hours south of Perth to a town called Bunbury. It’s a small city, and we’d always stay at the same hotel. I thought it was so cool having the hotel pool and breakfast with the little cereal packets and conveyor belt toaster.
  2. What’s the most difficult language you’ve tried to speak and why? The most difficult language I’ve tried to speak is Hungarian. Firstly, it’s a language of its own and has no relation to any other language on this planet. Secondly, I’d already been travelling for a while, learning new languages every few weeks and by the time I got to Hungary and saw how different it all was (and the fact that I was only going to spend 3 days there) I admitted defeat. Somewhere along the line however, for reasons I cannot even fathom, I picked up how to say “gopher” in Hungarian!
  3. If you had to pick – would you rather have comfortable shoes on your travels or a discount on all your transportation costs? Comfortable shoes. I am the kind of traveller who can spend an entire day wandering aimlessly through a city on foot. I need my feet to be at the top of their game.
  4. Which country do you honestly have zero interest in visiting? Would it be a cop-out to say none? I would honestly visit anywhere at least once, just to see what was on offer. Some of the most insightful experiences come from doing things that we may not have ever thought we would have wanted to do.
  5. What’s your favourite travel magazine? I know Monocle magazine isn’t a dedicated travel mag as such, but there’s always a heap of travel and international type articles in there. Generally aimed at people with a lot more money than me, but always a great read.
  6. What topic in the travel blogging genre is your favourite to write about? Food. I really enjoy discovering great food places and trying new things to eat, and I think it’s no coincidence that these have been the most popular posts on my blog.
  7. Do you think you could travel for 5 years without stopping? Could I? Yes. Would I want to? Probably not – I’d want to have a break every now and then to get my mind straight and chill out. Of course I suppose if the breaks are small and not necessarily in one’s hometown, then perhaps they form part of the travel?
  8. What’s your best tip for meeting the locals? Eat and drink with them. Good food and conversation is a unifying force the world over.
  9. Do you have any new tips or tricks for keeping your valuables safe on the road? Bring as little as possible!
  10. Do any certain scents or smells bring back memories of past travels for you? When I walk past certain South East Asian restaurants, I sometimes get a whiff of something that transports me right back to Singapore or Hong Kong.
  11. Where are you going on your next adventure? Vietnam for 2 weeks in May. Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi. I’m very excited.

Questions For My Nominees

  1. What is your most visited city in the world?
  2. Given the option, train or plane?
  3. How much pre planning do you do before arriving at your destination?
  4. What is the most unusual thing on your travel bucket-list?
  5. What is the best meal you have ever eaten (can be on holidays or at home)?
  6. Are you a morning or a night-time person?
  7. Which do you prefer? Group or solo travel?
  8. What is the most uncharacteristic thing you’ve done while travelling that put you out of your comfort zone?
  9. Does home still feel like home to you?
  10. What was the first experience that really made you realise that there was a whole world out there that you wanted to explore?
  11. What is the most “touristy” thing that you’ve done/seen that genuinely impressed you?

My Nominees

Megan Hogarth @PegsontheLine
Victoria Milner @milnerguide
Kristy Carlson @KristyJCarlson
Alana Morgan @alana_morgan
Globetrotting Canuck @globetrotcanuck
Lori Louise Miles @Lori_LMUKevents
Tamarisk @TamariskRTW
Susan @TravelWithSuze
Veve Kristanti @Ekrist
Nicole Durbin @njdurbin
Suzanne H @cooktraveleat

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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